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Director of Delaware Public Policy
The Director of Delaware Public Policy (1) serves as the principal staff for state government affairs and chief lobbyist in Delaware, representing the Alzheimer’s Association before DE’s legislature, governor, relevant state agencies, community stakeholders and coalitions, and on statewide task forces and work groups; and (2) is responsible for grassroots engagement and volunteer recruitment in support of the Association’s state and federal public policy priorities. This position is responsible for implementing the Alzheimer’s Association’s coordinated state policy priorities including issues related to Medicaid, long-term care, training standards, aging, and workforce and serves as a registered lobbyist with the state. The Director of Public Policy reports to the Executive Director and represents the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley chapter.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan and execute a multi-year state legislative and regulatory agenda with a focus on implementation of the Association’s state policy priorities, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the National Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C.
- Draft bills and regulatory language, secure bill sponsors, and provide testimony before state legislative committees on behalf of the Association as needed.
- Testify regularly before state legislative committees and train volunteer advocates and other Association staff to provide testimony on behalf of the Association as needed.
- Develop and grow the Association’s relationship with elected officials, other government officials and community stakeholders, ensuring the Association is represented on relevant statewide task forces, workgroups, committees and coalitions.
- Track state legislation utilizing the Association’s approved tracking system and monitor committee meetings and legislative action.
- Report lobbying activities as required and ensure compliance with the Association’s approved lobbying compliance vendor and internal tracking system.
- Plan and execute the Association’s annual State Advocacy Day event at the state capitol.
- Identify, manage and implement opportunities for grassroots engagement on state and federal issues and assist as needed in the execution of state and federal level grassroots advocacy activities, including coordinating office visits, correspondence, and other activities.
- Recruit, train, and facilitate year-round efforts of volunteer Alzheimer’s Ambassadors and volunteer team members working with their assigned member of Congress, in partnership with the D.C. Public Policy Office.
- Work with advocates to promote the Association’s federal and state policy priorities in earned and social media.
- Ensure volunteer advocates are reporting activities and contacts with federal and state officials.
- In consultation with the Executive Director, provide regular updates to Association staff in the state/chapter, the chapter board, volunteer advocates and to staff in the Association’s National Public Policy Office.
- Collaborate with Association staff across the chapter regularly including Communications, Programs, Health Systems and the Executive Director to advance mission priorities and provide policy expertise.
- Has current contacts within the state legislature and executive branch, and with potential partners and collaborators in DE.
- Political or issue advocacy campaign experience desired.
- Understands, and has experience with the legislative, regulatory, and budget process in DE.
- Experience in volunteer management/community organizing.
- Familiar with Medicaid, senior, aging, health, and long-term care issues.
- Demonstrates the ability to anticipate, identify, organize, and analyze public policy opportunities.
- Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Detail-oriented, adaptable, organized and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
- Proven self-starter with excellent judgment and careful attention to detail.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse populations with a high level of integrity, diplomacy and initiative.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to a reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least 5 to 7 years experience working in state government affairs setting; as a state legislative staff person; or as policy staff in the governor’s office or relevant state agency, preferably in DE.
- Ability/willingness to travel across the state, including some evenings and weekends (up to 15%).
- Travel by car and occasionally by air is required.
- Attend the Association’s annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
JOB TITLE: Director of Delaware Public Policy
REPORTS TO: Region Leader, PA-NJ-DE/Executive Director, Delaware Valley Chapter
LOCATION: Newcastle County, DE
STATUS: Full time 37.hrs/wk
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Job posted: 2022-11-12